Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza by Brad GrahamAtomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza by Brad Graham

Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza

byBrad Graham, Kathy McGowan

Paperback | November 4, 2003

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* Provides detailed, step-by-step instruction showing how to build your own customized bicyles on a shoe-string budget

* Thoroughly illustrated--includes 50 blueprints and 200 photos

* Includes ideas, techniques, advice, and practical tips for the creative builder

* One of the author's creations will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest bicycle
Brad Graham has been constructing creative bicycles since the early 1980s. He is founder and host of the Web site, dedicated to his flamboyant bicycles and inventions, which receives approximately 2500 hits a week. Co-owner of Freedom2000 Complete Technical Services, which provides robotics design, computer network set...
Title:Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's BonanzaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 9.1 × 7.2 × 1.09 inPublished:November 4, 2003Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071422676

ISBN - 13:9780071422673

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very practical and informative I'm loving every part of this book and have made quite a few choppers, a Marauder recumbent and a Spincycle. I joined the Atomic Zombie builders' forum two years ago and have made many friends who also build their own bikes. A group of us get together every month and cruise the streets and recreation trails around the Ottawa area. Thanks to Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza anyone can learn the basic skills needed to create and let your imagination soar. There are detailed chapters on bike hacking, identifying parts, welding, grinding, painting and many tips to help the novice builder understand basic concepts and skills. You really don't need to spend lots of money on tools and parts. Once you get started you'll get addicted to this hobby, but you will meet many great people along your journey. It's a worthwhile investment. This book inspires so many people to "dare to be different" and the authors are genuine people who truly love what they do. They are very active in the Atomic Zombie forum and their web site has many interesting features like a builders' gallery, blog, games, links, videos, media coverage and regular updates. I wish them success in everything that they do. Every neighbourhood needs down-to-earth people like Brad and Kathy who are willing to share their knowledge, skills and compassion with the rest of the world. I am honoured to call them my friends.
Date published: 2006-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Amazing book. If you are interested in bike building at all, you should get this. Easy to follow and LOTS of good info. Not to mention you'd be hard pressed to find another book like it.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book rocks! This book is so easy to follow and anyone can build them. There's nothing else like this book out on the market right now. Kudos to the authors for putting together an awesome collection of easy to follow instructions and lots of great pictures. The Chopper is so cool! I can hardly wait to go shopping at my city's landfill site and make some of these bikes. I'm even going to try making the Marauder. Where does this guy get these crazy ideas? Atomic Zombie rules! When is the next book coming out?
Date published: 2003-10-08

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Basic Tools and Skills

Chapter 2: Acquiring Raw Materials

Chapter 3: Welding Basics

Chapter 4: Planning and Designing

Chapter 5: Taking It Apart

Chapter 6: The Infamous Chopper

Chapter 7: Winter Warriors

Chapter 8: The Sky Is The Limit

Chapter 9: Multiple Riders

Chapter 10: One-Wheeled Wonders

Chapter 11: Life in the Fast Lane

Chapter 12: Unclassified Rolling Objects

Chapter 13: Finishing and Restoration

Chapter 14: Bicycle-Building Resources


Editorial Reviews

Staff Pick Review by C. ReichsteinAre you a bike enthusiast? Are you a fan of the local "Chunk 666" bike club? Do you enjoy tinkering, building and welding? If so, get your hands on a copy of Atomic Zombie’s Bicycle Builder's Bonanza right now. This book will teach you how to create fantastically surreal bikes with minimal tools. With 11 bicycle projects in this book, you'll soon have a fleet of DIY bikes. Authors Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan show you how to salvage perfectly good bike parts at the city dump, or how to find them at minimal cost. Brad Graham—a David Duchovny lookalike—is photographed riding every single bike mentioned in this book to illustrate how each one handles. Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza is fully illustrated with over 200 photographs. There are extremely detailed instructions on how to weld bike parts together, strip down a bike to the bare frame, operate an arc welder, spray paint your bike and make it shine. The writing is excellent and easy-to-understand for beginners as well as more advanced hobbyists. You'll only need basic tools to build these bikes, such as a hammer, vise, adjustable wrench, angle grinder, hand drill, a tape measure, and, of course, a welding instrument. Graham's writing is extremely thorough and knowledgeable. He's been tinkering with bikes for 20 years, so he knows welding techniques very well, and also explains how the physics work out on a particular model. Even though there's lots of technical information in here, it never gets too serious. Buy this book, start your own bike collective, and you'll throw away your television.